When you’re looking to watch whales and marine life in Iceland, there’s a strong possibility that you’ll encounter whale watching companies having the wrong intentions and disrespecting animal rights. Therefore I can strongly recommend Làki Tours, a family owned business offering first class boat trips aiming to bring us closer to the mammals without impacting negatively their environment and respecting the Ice Whale Code of Conduct.
The humpback whales usually begin their journey in March, migrating from the golf of Mexico to Iceland. By April they arrive hungry on the West side of the island and are welcome by plentiful food. They will remain there until October or November before heading back to the warm waters. This migration is recorded to be the longest for mammals.
On the early morning of the 14th of April we met the Làki Tours team on the harbor of Olafsvik. Once every member of the expedition was there we got given beautiful water and wind proof jumpsuits before being welcomed on the three stories boat.
It took us away into the fjord and we quickly got the chance to watch humpback whales and two groups of orcas swimming peacefully in front of this breathtaking landscape. The boat stops its engine and there, in the icy silence of the sea, we became one with it. Dolphins and diving birds joined the show for an unforgettable three hour journey.
What I also truly appreciated was the fact that one of the Làki Tours team was informing us on what we were looking at. Consequently I got off that boat gladly realizing I have learned things as well as admired life. A photographer is also present on board and photos taken that day are posted on their Facebook page promptly after the tour. That way, you don’t have to be a professional photographer or bring your gear or even worry about taking pictures, you can just stand there and be blown away by the view.